James Buck Booker

James Buck Booker

July 16, 1938 - September 27, 2020

James B. Booker (Jim, Mr. B or Captain) to his friends boarded the boat to Fiddler's Green on September 27, 2020 from complications following a stroke earlier this year. <br /> He was born in Gardiner, Maine on July 16, 1938 to James F. and Mary Catherine Booker. Most of his early years were spent in Ohio. In 1954 Jim and his parents moved to the Netherlands. He returned in 1956 to complete his high school education at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine. Upon graduating from MCI in 1958 he followed the family tradition and went to the University of Maine at Orono and received a BS in education. <br /> For the next 30 years he challenged his students while teaching biology at Edward Little High School in Auburn, Maine. He also worked as a camp counselor on Hog Island at one of the National Audubon's summer camps. Upon his "retirement' from teaching in 1992 he worked for the Dept. of Marine Resources as a Marine educator and artist working on the completion of the State Aquarium in West Boothbay where he painted the mural behind the touch tank. Forever being a teacher he returned to the classroom as a long-term substitute at George's Valley High School in Thomaston, Maine in 1995. <br /> The rest of his time was spent in Chamberlain, Maine at the family cottage until he purchased a year-round home up the road in Bristol. <br /> The Irishman loved so many things; hunting, fishing, boating, painting, sketching, watching his beloved birds and walking his Newfoundlands. He was an incredible cook and a connoisseur of good Irish Whiskey. He would sit for hours and listen to music, preferably Irish folk music or country. <br /> His talent with a paint brush or pen & ink was truly unmatched. He loved to paint his beloved coast of Maine in her true form, whether it was a sunrise, sunset, during a snow storm or when she was enveloped in the Artic Sea Smoke. His ability to teach even those who were at first unwilling to learn was a gift that so many benefited from. He knew Muscongus Bay like the back of his hand and rescued many a sailor who were not nearly as knowledgeable. <br /> He was predeceased by both of his parents and his sister, Maggy Booker George. He is survived and terribly missed by his daughter Catherine Olver and her husband, Micheal of Olean, NY. Two adoring grandsons, Anthony and Hunter and a doting granddaughter, Mikayla. His sister Mary Ann Cottrell of Dover, NH, five nieces and nephews scattered around the country, his dearest friend Sandy Stewart of Auburn, Maine and his ex-wife and life long friend Carole B.F. Lough of Jacksonville, FL. <br /> At the Captain's request there will be no service but there will be a big Irish Wake (date to be determined) where his ashes will be scattered at sea. <br /> In lieu of flowers his daughter is asking that donations either be made to the memorial fund set up to help with cremation costs or to Project Puffin, a project near and dear to his heart. <br /> https://paypal.me/pools/c/8sXiIdb66E <br /> https://projectpuffin.audubon.org/get-involved/donate-online

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    I grew up next door to Sandy Stewart and new 'Jim' from a young age. Then once at EL I did not have him for biology but still visited his room from time to time. He was a good friend and a good man. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends on their loss.
    Deborah M Carlson Oct 15, 2020
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    He was a great Biology teacher and inspired me to pursue the sciences further in high school and college and in the workplace. He was my high school biology teacher at ELHS in the late 60's. He kept things interesting in the classroom as one never knew what he would do next to keep it interesting.
    Diana Libby Lambert Oct 14, 2020
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    Mr. Booker was a wonderful teacher, and was the first to encourage me to follow biological science as a career, particularly marine biology. He made me stretch and strive for things normally out of the reach of women in science...and I'm forever grateful to him for sharing hos love of the natural world.
    Beth Shea Oct 13, 2020
    Memories back in highschool of getting ready to leave for a date and Jim would be visiting my folks.
    Also going down to visit him and then going to lunch at the coast.
    There were many interesting conversations to enjoy.
    May he RIP at his beloved Maine Coast.
    My sincere sympathy to his Family.

    Linda Higgins Neal
    Linda Higgins Neal Oct 13, 2020
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    I had him for Marine Bio at Edward Little. He wasn't the easiest teacher but I learned a lot from him. Even in my latter years as a field trip chaperon to the ocean with my kids school I was able to teach them what I'd learned from him.
    Roger E Cyr Oct 13, 2020
    Mr. Booker was the toughest, yet most enjoyable teacher that I had at Edward Little. He also loved to tell us about sailing, painting and especially cooking. I vividly remember how he once told us about how he made a big lobster feed for a group of friends at his home on the coast.
    For more than thirty years, I've followed in his footsteps as a Biology teacher, and I use many of his methods with my students. The method that he taught us to solve genetic cross problems was so useful that I teach my students the exact same method every year.
    My deepest condolences to the family. I remember Jim Booker fondly.
    Tyson Reissfelder Oct 11, 2020
    You never forget the biological nature of life after being a student of Mr. B. I will always cherish that knowledge and the patient manner he instilled in me as one of his 1981 students. Thank you and RIP Mr. Booker. You were one of the greats...
    James Berube Oct 11, 2020
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    Mr. Booker was my Biology teacher at EL in 1967. He always made class fun. He told us about his time on the coast too. Great asset to our high school! So sorry for your loss.
    Diane Gatchell Oct 10, 2020
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    I remember Jim very well as he taught with my husband, Dennis Sweetser who was a Chemistry teacher at ELHS. from 1974-2005. Jim was a wonderful teacher and friend to the Science Dept. teachers and spouses. We got together periodically for a meal and Jim did the cooking . Among many of his talents, he was an excellent cook. Dennis admired him as a co-worker and friend. RIP, Jim.
    Donna Sweetser Oct 09, 2020
    I want to thank everyone who knew and loved my father. He was an amazing man and truly one of a kind. He was the first man I ever loved and the hole left in my heart from his passing will never be fully healed. However knowing how much he was loved is a special comfort. If you wish to donate to either his cremation fund or to Project Puffin, here are the links.
    https://paypal.me/pools/c/8sXiIdb66E

    https://projectpuffin.audubon.org/get-involved/donate-online
    Catherine Olver Oct 07, 2020
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